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Joshua Kezer is exonerated of the 1992 murder of Angela Mischelle Lawless (02/18/09)
Last March, when asked how he'd react if ever cleared of the murder conviction that's kept him in prison for nearly 15 years, Joshua C. Kezer said he didn't know what his emotions would be like. "I'd like to think I'd take a moment to stop and praise God -- when you get a miracle, shouldn't you take a minute to stop and thank the one who gave it to you?" he said...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (02/18/09)
Joshua Kezer will become a free man this afternoon, 15 years after he went to prison for the murder of Angela Mischelle Lawless, who was found dead near Benton, Mo., in 1992.The news comes one day after a judge ruled that Kezer's conviction wasn't legitimate and gave prosecutors the option of starting the process of a new trial within 10 days. ...
Friends, family prepare for reunion with Kezer following exoneration (02/18/09)
The decision of Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd not to retry Joshua C. Kezer means Kezer will be a free man in a couple of hours. Kezer, who turned 34 on Monday, has been imprisoned in Jefferson City Correctional Center since convicted in 1994 for the murder of Angela Mischelle Lawless...
Police: Dunklin County man confesses to stabbing (02/18/09)
HORNERSVILLE, Mo. -- A Hornersville man is currently being held on a $175,000 cash-only bond following an incident on Saturday that led to the death of another local man. According to a probable cause statement by Sgt. Dennis Rainey of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, on Sunday Rainey, along with Sgt. William Cooper, interviewed Richard L. Forrister, 20, of Hornersville...
New York fugitive found camping out in Carter County, Mo. (02/18/09)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- A fugitive on New York state's most wanted list was apprehended Tuesday when authorities surrounded his survivalist shack in a secluded area of Carter County. Wanted for parole violation in Onondaga County, N.Y., Charles A. Myrtetus, 63, had been on the lam for more than two years, according to Carter County Sheriff Tommy Adams...
Death of Alexander County sheriff's mother-in-law called 'tragic vehicular accident' (02/18/09)
CAIRO, Ill. - The Alexander County Sheriff Department called the death of Sheriff David Barkett's mother-in-law "a tragic vehicular accident" in a news release Wednesday afternoon. The woman had Alzheimer's Disease, according to a brief statement issued by Chief Deputy Stephen W. Thomas Wednesday afternoon. The statement said the woman lived next door to her son-in-law...
Kezer thanks judge on his first day out of prison (02/18/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — When Joshua C. Kezer left Jefferson City Correctional Center a free man this afternoon, the first stop he wanted to make was the Cole County Courthouse. He wanted to thank the man who freed him from the murder conviction that's kept him behind bars for nearly the past 15 years...
Mo. outages down to about 200 (02/18/09)
ST. LOUIS (AP) — All the power isn't yet restored after the January ice storm that ravaged southern Missouri, but it's getting close. Utility officials say Wednesday that fewer than 200 customers still lack power from the ice storm that hit Jan. 26-27. About 100 customers are still in the dark in the Hayti area of the Missouri Bootheel. And fewer than 100 still lack power in Kennett, another Bootheel community...
Residents come out to oppose Jackson's voluntary annexation plan (02/18/09)
Those offering comment at Tuesday evening's public hearing at Jackson City Hall were largely opposed to a plan by the city to accept voluntary annexation of a triangle of highway right of way between Jackson and Fruitland. The right of way, currently owned by the Missouri Department of Transportation, includes U.S. 61 north of Route Y, extending to the Interstate 55 interchange and then going south on I-55 to the current city limit north of the Bent Creek subdivision...
High bids to force scaling back of Jaycee Municipal Golf Course project in Cape Girardeau (02/18/09)
The Cape Girardeau City Council rejected eight bids Monday for renovating the Jaycee Municipal Golf Course because all the bids were almost 20 percent higher than the project's estimated cost. The lowest bid was $1.76 million from Duininck Golf, a subsidiary of the Prinsburg, Minn., construction firm Duininck Co. ...
Missouri Department of Revenue accepting bids to run Cape Girardeau license office (02/18/09)
The Missouri Department of Revenue is now accepting bids to operate the Cape Girardeau license office. The office, at 112 S. Spanish St., is currently operated by the Southeast Missouri State University Foundation. Under Gov. Jay Nixon, contracts to operate each of the 183 license offices will be awarded after a competitive bidding process that replaces the political patronage system used in the past...
Scott County assessments due by March 2 to avoid penalties (02/18/09)
Personal property assessments for 2009 have been mailed to Scott County residents. The lists must be verified and returned by March 2 to avoid penalties. People who have moved into or out of the county must notify both counties' assessors of new addresses...
Sikeston, Mo., man pleads guilty to rape of 80-year-old Cape Girardeau woman (02/18/09)
A Sikeston, Mo., man has pleaded guilty to the rape of an 80-year-old Cape Girardeau woman. Mitchell T. West, 17, appeared Tuesday before Cape Girardeau County Circuit Judge William Syler in a Jackson courtroom. In answer to Judge Syler's questions, West said he forced his way into the woman's home Nov. 30, tore her clothes off, raped her, attempted to sodomize her and stole two of her credit cards...
Title: Steps to starting over after 29 years (02/18/09)
Content: Dear Sam: I was just laid off after spending 29 years with the same company. I was recruited from college in 1980 so I have never had to write a résumé or really go through the interview process. I have no idea where to start. Can you tell me where to begin? - Steve...
Mo. tax credit critics balk at Nixon plan (02/18/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A coalition of Republican senators served notice Tuesday that they will not let Gov. Jay Nixon's job-creation plan pass without new limits on state tax credits. After more than a half-dozen senators took turns laying out a preamble for a filibuster, supporters set aside the legislation for further negotiations. A Senate leader implied it could be weeks, even months, before a bill passes...
Missouri gets disaster designation (02/18/09)
WASHINGTON -- Twenty Missouri counties will be eligible for public assistance now that the state has been issued a major disaster declaration in the wake of last month's ice storm. Assistance will be available for emergency work and repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities...
Appeals court upholds NYC's calories-on-menus requirement (02/18/09)
NEW YORK -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the city's regulation requiring some chain restaurants to post calories on menus and menu boards, saying the rule is a reasonable effort to curb obesity. A 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel rejected arguments by a state trade group that federal law pre-empted the rule and that the city had violated the First Amendment by forcing its view on restaurant patrons that calories are the most important consideration on a menu...
GM, Chrysler seek more federal aid, to cut more jobs (02/18/09)
DETROIT -- General Motors and Chrysler said Tuesday their request for federal aid increased to $39 billion -- only months after receiving billions in loans -- in new plans that envision massive job losses and intense restructuring to survive a deepening recession...
Hundreds of TV stations cut analog feed at old deadline (02/18/09)
NEW YORK -- About a quarter of the nation's TV stations cut off their analog signals Tuesday, causing sets to go dark in households that were not prepared for digital television despite two years of warnings about the transition. Though most viewers were ready -- and people with cable or satellite service were unaffected -- some stations and call centers reported a steady stream of questions from callers. ...
TV executive accused of beheading wife in NY (02/18/09)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Police say an upstate New York television executive beheaded his wife after she filed for divorce. Muzzammil "Mo" Hassan is accused of beheading his wife last week. Funeral services for Aasiya Hassan, 37, were Tuesday. Her husband is scheduled to appear for a felony hearing Wednesday...
Obama signs stimulus bill (02/18/09)
DENVER -- President Obama on Tuesday signed a massive $787 billion package to revive the economy, saying the measure represented the "essential work of keeping the American dream alive in our time." The stimulus plan of spending programs and tax cuts is at the heart of Obama's effort to turn the economy back into a job-creating machine. It comes with a huge price tag for taxpayers and doubts about whether the plan's results will match all the promises that its supporters have made...
NATO cautions Pakistan over truce with Taliban (02/18/09)
MINGORA, Pakistan -- NATO led a growing chorus of international concern Tuesday when it warned a truce between the government of Pakistan and Taliban militants in a restive region near the Afghan border risks giving the extremists a "safe haven." A hard-line cleric sent to the battle-scarred Swat valley to negotiate with the Taliban received a hero's welcome there by crowds shouting "Long live Islam! Long live peace!"...
Police nab fugitive buffaloes (02/18/09)
MEXICO CITY -- Police say residents of a Mexico City neighborhood called to report buffaloes standing in the street Monday, saying they didn't know what to do. Two officers were sent to the scene and used a flashlight to herd the animals back to a pen from which they appeared to have escaped...
Notre Dame boys remain on roll (02/18/09)
With the upset win Friday at Poplar Bluff, Notre Dame helped make Sikeston's day by handing the Mules their first SEMO Conference loss. With the upset win Tuesday against Class 4 state-ranked Farmington, Notre Dame may be getting Sikeston's attention...
Central girls turn back Charleston (02/18/09)
Wendi Zickfield and Sadie Pittman each netted 19 points to help the Central girls basketball team post a home win Tuesday. The Tigers converted 14 of 20 free throws in the 61-50 win over Charleston. Chelsea Pannier added 12 points for Central (8-12)...
Nussbaum scores 31 for Leopold (02/18/09)
ZALMA -- Larry Nussbaum looked like an all-star on a video game, one who doesn't miss no matter how many times he shoots. Nussbaum missed his first shot in the first minute of the first quarter Tuesday. The Leopold senior didn't miss again all night...
Redhawks' skid hits 16 games vs. Murray (02/18/09)
Kenard Moore and Jaycen Herring tried their best to outscore Murray State by themselves. It worked for almost a half. But the odds of Southeast Missouri State's two seniors being able to keep up their torrid pace weren't good. So the end result of Tuesday's college basketball game at the Show Me Center was fairly predictable...
Herzog visits with Southeast baseball, Shafer (02/18/09)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team received words of advice and encouragement from a special guest Tuesday. Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog was in Cape Girardeau for the day on business and stopped by Houck Field House, where the Redhawks' locker room is located...
Around your house: Take care of hardwood (02/18/09)
Q: It flooded underneath my wood floor this winter. The water is gone now, but my hardwood floors smell like mildew. A: Your sniffer has indicated the problem and now it's time to take action before the mildew runs rampant and you end up with a $10,000 hardwood floor replacement. ...
Shopper inspires a variety column (02/18/09)
I was recently stopped in the grocery store by a total stranger. She asked me if I was the recipe lady in the newspaper. I am always tempted to say something like, "If you like the column I am her, if not, I don't know who she is." But I told her I was, and she said she does not like it when all of the recipes focus on one theme. ...
Hot tamales: Try making the casserole version of this southwest dish at home (02/18/09)
Where would you go for the best sushi in the world? You might answer Tokyo, but in this era of celebrity chefs, many connoisseurs maintain it's New York -- at the eponymous restaurant run by transplanted Japanese culinary star Nobu Matsuhisa. Similarly, there is a growing consensus that the best Indian food these days is found not in New Delhi, but, thanks to immigration patterns, in London. ...
Review: 'Fired Up!' is rah-rah-raunchy (02/18/09)
It would be news if "Fired Up!" weren't moronic and adolescent. A comedy about two horny high school football players who infiltrate cheerleading camp to score women couldn't possibly be anything else. It's also -- as you would imagine -- rude and crude, until it reaches its predictable and disingenuously sweet conclusion...
Liberty Media deal staves off Sirius bankruptcy (02/18/09)
NEW YORK -- Facing a likely bankruptcy, Sirius XM Radio Inc. found a savior in Liberty Media Corp., which will lend $530 million to the satellite radio provider and block a bid for control that had been waged by a rival both companies share: Dish Network Corp. chief executive officer Charlie Ergen...
Willard Sandlin (02/18/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Willard J. Sandlin, 84, of Jefferson City, Mo., formerly of Perryville, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, at St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City. He was born July 22, 1924, at Crosstown, Mo., son of Elia E. and Christina S. Bohnert Sandlin. He and Elsie E. Gross were married May 23, 1948...
Jack Treece (02/18/09)
JONESBORO, Ill. — Jack E. Treece, 66, of Jonesboro died Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 31, 1942, in Jonesboro, son of Hollie E. and Ruby Garrett Treece. He and Delilah Woody were married July 2, 1977, in Sparta, Ill...
Vinia L. Willis (02/18/09)
Vinia L. Willis, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, at her daughter's home. She was born March 30, 1926, in Vanndale, Ark., daughter of the late Jonas and Hattie Ranson Floyd. Willis lived in Missouri for more than 60 years. She was a member of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church...
Lester Chapman (02/18/09)
Lester Murris Chapman, 81, of Scott City died Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
Alice Myers (02/18/09)
WOLF LAKE, Ill. — Alice F. Myers, 93, of Wolf Lake died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 5, 1915, in St. Louis, daughter of Harry and Myrtle Tweedy Carter. She and Cyril L. Myers were married Sept. 9, 1933, in Anna, Ill. He died Jan. 9, 1986...
Elmer Glastetter (02/18/09)
CHAFFEE, Mo. — Elmer "Big E" Glastetter, 82, of Chaffee died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, at Chaffee Nursing Center. He was born Sept. 26, 1926, at Chaffee, son of Fred William and Hulda Caroline Heisserer Glastetter. He and Ruby Pauline Liggett Mansell were married Oct. 14, 1998...
Births 2/18/09 (02/18/09)
Byrd Son to Daniel and Laine Byrd of Cordova, Tenn., Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women in Cordova, 1:55 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009. Name, Brayden Daniel. Weight, 7 pounds, 2 ounces. First child. Mrs. Byrd is the daughter of Linda and John Koenig of Cape Girardeau and Chip Lindley of Henley, Mo. She is employed at Baptist Rehab in Germantown, Tenn. Byrd is the son of Jim Byrd of Cape Girardeau, and the late Jean Byrd. He is employed at Mass Mutual in Cordova...
Fire report 2/18/09 (02/18/09)
Cape Girardeau fire fighters responded to the following calls Monday: n At 2 p.m., emergency medical service at Doctor's Park. n At 4:03 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2800 block of Bloomfield Road. n At 4:52 p.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of North Sprigg Street...
Police report 2/18/09 (02/18/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Andrew J. Sales Jr., of Sikeston, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and possession of a controlled substance...
Out of the past 2/18/09 (02/18/09)
25 years ago: Feb. 18, 1984 Gene McNary, St. Louis County executive and Republican candidate for governor, touts education as the key to Missouri's future at a gathering of about 50 Cape Girardeau residents in the Hirsch Room of the public library; McNary recommends an increase in teachers' salaries, although he won't put a dollar amount on his proposal...
Correction 2/18/09 (02/18/09)
A brief in Sunday's Southeast Missourian should have said the Elks Lodge 639 in Cape Girardeau made a $5,000 donation to the Youth Market Division of the American Heart Association. The number of the lodge was incorrect in Sunday's edition.
Prayer 021809 (02/18/09)
Bless those, O God, who look after the needs of others and give comfort. Amen.
Reality trumps principles (02/18/09)
Though I would like to think otherwise, I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that I am a man of weak principles. Were I truly principled, I would muster all of my ire and urge the state of Missouri to reject the $4.4 billion in stimulus cash coming our way...
Government math: It's so much you really don't want to know (02/18/09)
A conservative friend tells me: "The trillion-dollar stimulus-bailout plan won't work. Do the math." A liberal friend tells me: "Without the trillion-dollar stimulus-bailout plan, the economy is doomed. Do the math." Both of my friends are what I consider to be sharp cookies. But which one should I believe?...
Ballot summaries (02/18/09)
There are efforts in the Missouri Legislature to change the way ballot titles are written for statewide initiatives. Backers claim some of the summaries -- written by the secretary of state and approved by the attorney general -- fail to adequately inform voters. One bill proposes an eight-member committee to review the secretary of state's summaries and rewrite them if found lacking...
Speak out 2/18/09 (02/18/09)
GOP purge? JUST for the record, it is a conservative Republican, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who said recently that nationalization of banks is an idea that must be on the table. I agree with Senator Graham, but my main concern is whether or not Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh will purge him from the Republican Party...
Food Check Out Week (02/18/09)
News Release Missouri Farm Bureau Federation and Affiliated Companies www.mofb.org FOOD CHECK-OUT WEEK FEBRUARY 15-21, 2009 Food Check-Out Week Targets Healthy Foods and Thanks Farmers Cape Girardeau County, Missouri--Feb. 15-21, 2009 will be celebrated as Farm Bureau's Food Check-Out Week. ...
Humane Society's Featured Pet (02/18/09)
Vincent is 2 years old. He is already neutered. Vincent is available for adoption at The Humane Society of SEMO, 573-334-5837. See more pets that need homes at www.semopets.org
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